the political layer.
Nothing else happens in the upper layers without it.
Never mind that there's an incident in progress. Never mind that you're responsible for network security. Let it burn! Until such time that the paperwork is signed, no one is going to change anything on this network! So go home!
That's all I'm allowed to say and I apologize for the mysterious half-rant. Those of you who know me, know what I'm talking about.